Leeds United target Arnaud Kalimuendo closer to PSG exit after Fabrizio Romano update
Paris Saint-Germain striker Arnaud Kalimuendo looks to be closer to the exit in Paris, boosting chances of a Leeds United move before the window shuts.
The young Frenchman is one of the Whites’ alternative options after they lost out on Charles De Ketelaere at long last, and they have had a €20million offer on the table in Paris for weeks.
His performances in the preseason have impressed new boss Christophe Galtier, raising the possibility that he could be kept at the Parc des Princes rather than sold.
But the latest news out of the French giants suggests that is very unlikely, as Luis Campos, the advisor who is leading the transfer window, has made his alternative plans quite clear.
Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano relayed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon (4 August): “Paris Saint-Germain manager Galtier confirms there will be “three more signings” this summer after Renato Sanches, Vitinha, [Nordi] Mukiele & [Hugo] Ekitike.
“Luís Campos plan is pretty clear: New centre back; New midfielder; New striker.”
This surely proves that the 20-year-old Kalimuendo is moving on this summer as plans for yet another new striker don’t leave space for him there.
Ekitike is a forward of a similar age who has already arrived during this window on a loan-to-buy deal, and the not insignificant names of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are also at the club.
While forgotten man Mauro Icardi is likely on the way out as well, if Campos has plans to add further a player in that position, as it looked like when he made a last-ditch attempt to hijack West Ham’s Gianluca Scamacca deal, Kalimuendo has to move on.
If Galtier is confirming this news then he must know as well as anyone that he won’t be able to keep all the goalscoring options at the club.
While money often appears to be no object at PSG, even they will have to shift some of their current players, with midfielders Idrissa Gueye and Georginio Wijnaldum already on their way out.
But with Campos ready to entertain a deal with Leeds earlier this summer, he appears to have doubled-down on that stance and the club need to make sure they stay at the front of the queue if they are serious about obtaining the ex-Lens loanee.